fer·​vent | \ ˈfər-vənt How to pronounce fervent (audio) \

Definition of fervent

1 : very hot : glowing the fervent sun
2 : exhibiting or marked by great intensity of feeling : zealous fervent prayers a fervent proponent fervent patriotism

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fervently adverb

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impassioned, passionate, ardent, fervent, fervid, perfervid mean showing intense feeling. impassioned implies warmth and intensity without violence and suggests fluent verbal expression. an impassioned plea for justice passionate implies great vehemence and often violence and wasteful diffusion of emotion. a passionate denunciation ardent implies an intense degree of zeal, devotion, or enthusiasm. an ardent supporter of human rights fervent stresses sincerity and steadiness of emotional warmth or zeal. fervent good wishes fervid suggests warmly and spontaneously and often feverishly expressed emotion. fervid love letters perfervid implies the expression of exaggerated or overwrought feelings. perfervid expressions of patriotism

Examples of fervent in a Sentence

a fervent speech that called for tolerance and compassion for those who are different in the thick, fervent air of a tropical afternoon, a languor set in
Recent Examples on the Web And while her popular pretzels have earned a fervent following, particularly in the the upper Midwest, many don't realize how the business got its humble start in Arizona. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "The untold history of Dot's Pretzels, the wildly popular Midwest snack with Arizona roots," 6 Feb. 2020 And suffragettes, including those who were fervent abolitionists, would have to wait 50 years until the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920, bringing women the vote. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "150th anniversary of black men winning the vote brings reflection," 3 Feb. 2020 The Democratic race is shaping up as most of the candidates expected at the outset, with the campaign appealing to the most fervent progressive wing of the party showing formidable strength. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Bernie Path Works Only for Bernie," 31 Jan. 2020 It was soon determined to be homicide, which led to a fervent investigation by the SPD. Grace Stetson, NBC News, "Detectives in Sacramento hope new DNA technology will help solve 1991 Jacobs family murders," 18 Jan. 2020 The fervent nature of the Sanders fans' tweets resulted in the #NeverWarren and #WarrenIsASnake hashtags trending to No. 1 in the United States. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Warren punctures unity argument with Sanders spat," 15 Jan. 2020 The Libertarian Party is the party of real change, and will bring a more peaceful world, a better federal budget and fervent protection of our civil liberties. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: The Iowa caucuses, in all their weird glory," 8 Jan. 2020 His fervent, dayslong pushback has displayed not only his prolonged focus on a personal spat but his willingness, notably again late on Thursday, to deploy government staff and resources to justify an inaccurate claim. Washington Post, "Mr Never Wrong: Storm spat underscores Trump’s mindset," 6 Sep. 2019 The most fervent critics of archaeology at the time were ultraorthodox haredim, who believed that the dig was disturbing Jewish graves. Rachel Poser, Harper's magazine, "Common Ground," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of fervent

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fervent

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin fervent-, fervens, present participle of fervēre to boil, froth — more at barm

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“Fervent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fervent. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fervent

: felt very strongly : having or showing very strong feelings


fer·​vent | \ ˈfər-vənt How to pronounce fervent (audio) \

Kids Definition of fervent

: felt very strongly fervent gratitude

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fervently adverb

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